House fire displaces three
by Tom Chillemi
A family of three was displaced by a house fire on April 16. The exact cause of the fire at 4473 Stormont Road (Route 629) is unknown, but it could have been electrical, said Alan Blake, chief of the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department.
No one was home when the fire started about 8:20 p.m., said Blake. The parents of the fire victims live next door and heard two explosions. They looked in the direction of the single-story older house and saw fire coming out of the side windows in the living room area. The house was heated with electric baseboard heat.
The fire was contained to one side of the house, but much of the house sustained smoke and water damage, said Blake.
He said firefighter response time was increased due to the fact HVFD fire trucks had to approach the fire from the west because the road over the Healys Mill Pond dam on Stormont Road has been closed for several years because VDOT deemed the dam unsafe.
American Red Cross responders verified those who were displaced had family support, and provided for their immediate needs of food and clothing, said Julie Dudley, director of the Eastern Virginia Region of the Red Cross.